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Jenke Vineyards

Barossa Valley Way, Rowland Flat, 5352

Cellar Door: Daily (11-5)

Ph: (08) 8524 4154

Jenke cellar door at Rowland Flats

One of the Barossa’s best kept secrets. The Jenke family have been growing grapes in the Barossa for six generations back to 1854.

They have 45 ha of vines and since 1989 have started been putting some of it under their own label. The varieties include Riesling, Semillon, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Grenache, Mourvedre and a sparkling Shiraz.

The wines are made by Kim Jenke and sold through the cellar door in a restored 1850 settlers hut at Rowlands Flat.

The lush Reserve Cabernet, Shiraz and tightly structured Semillon are more than a match for many of the much hyped and expensive brands from the region.

Tasting Notes

There are three types of Tasting notes:

(W) Notes from the winery (blurbs from bottle)

(GXY) Notes from a GenXY wine reviewer

(G) Notes from GenXY's Tasting events (collective opinions)

Jenke Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon 2002

Purchased: Not

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: June 2008, ripe blackberry and mint, medium-full bodied and earthy with black pepper and mint, balanced cedar-vanilla oak and chocolate on the finish, fine savoury tannins, lacks the depth and focus of the outstanding Reserve (***1/2)

Jenke Barossa Merlot 2002

Purchased: Not

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: June 2008, fairly pumped up for the variety, spicy plum and black cherry with black pepper and cinnamon mid-palate notes, fine rounded savoury tannins with dark chocolate and cedar on the finish (***1/2)

Jenke Cabernet Franc Rose 2006

Purchased: Not ($14)

Drink: 2008

(GXY) Tasting: June 2008, light-medium bodied with residual blackcurrant, strawberry and mint flavours, light spice and dried herb notes with a crisp finish (***)

Jenke Reserve Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon 2002

Purchased: Not ($35)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: March 2007, very lush cassis and blackcurrant, complex, savoury, full bodied and rounded with chocolate and mint features, well integrated oak, tremendously focussed and harmonious palate, one of the region’s classics from the slightly cooler vintage (*****)

Jenke Reserve Barossa Shiraz 1999

Purchased: Not ($35)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: March 2007, spicy plum and blackcurrant, deep and savoury palate, subtle integrate doak, smooth and rounded tannins, long sweet finish (****)

Jenke Barossa Semillon 2002

Purchased: Cellar Door ($15)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: March 2007 ,yellow-gold colour, unoaked grassy style, fragrant and elegant lemon sherbert, green apple and lime with herbaceous green pea notes, tightly structured mineral base, a bit transitional but is one of the best of the Barossa’s new style so far (****)

Jenke Barossa Cabernet Franc 2003

Purchased: Not ($18)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: March 2007, ripe plum and blackcurrant with lots of menthol, quite full bodied and focussed earthy palate, sawdusty cedar oak, grippy tannins (***1/2)

Jenke Cabernet Franc Rose 2005

Purchased: Not ($13)

Drink: 2007

(GXY) Tasting: March 2007, quite full bodied for a Rose, dry blackberry with subtle menthol and chocolate notes, crisp finish (***)

Jenke Barossa Chardonnay 2005

Purchased: Not ($15)

Drink: 2007

(GXY) Tasting: March 2007, straightforward sweet tropical fruit and melon, light bodied with toasty vanilla oak (***)

Jenke Noble Semillon 2005

Purchased: Not ($13)

Drink: 2007

(GXY) Tasting: March 2007, sweet lime marmalade, citrus and apricot, dry finish, pleasant but lacking in intensity (***)

Jenke Vineyard Barossa Shiraz 2004

Purchased: Oct 2006 ($28)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2006, sweet blackcurrant and plum with liquorice notes, earthy medium bodied palate is quite spicy, harmonious with no jamminess, rich mocha-chocolate finish, supple tannins (****)